HELP! 4 month old RIR lethargic, red skin, smaller than the rest, SICK

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by blissfullchicks, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. blissfullchicks

    blissfullchicks New Egg

    Jun 6, 2009
    We just found one of our 4-month-old RIR's under the roost, not moving. She is smaller than the rest of the girls and we have been a bit worried about her because of that, but she's had no other issues other than size until today. She is barely moving. Her skin is red, and when we isolated her inside in a smaller pen she just fell right over onto her face. What could it be? Is the sort of the "runt" of the litter and doomed to pass? Did the others starve her because of her size? Help!
  2. Jajika

    Jajika Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2007
    Northern California
    It's possible she was singled out because she was smaller and the others picked on her and chased her away from the feeding stations.

    If you think she can survive, I would isolate her, give her her own feeding dish and water and let her get healthy before you re-introduce her back.

    She needs to get stronger in order to survive.

    I have three feeding stations and water stations to allow the various groups to have access to nutrician. Otherwise the bullies won't allow the smaller or younger birds to eat.

    It is important to keep an eye on the group and protect less aggressive girls.

    Good luck. I hope it all works out. It's tough and troublesome. I have strong feelings about my chicens. They are all pets to me.
  3. blissfullchicks

    blissfullchicks New Egg

    Jun 6, 2009
    Thanks - we hadn't considered the seperate stations, but will definetely do that when we re-intorduce her, provided she survives.
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Red skin might mean mites/lice, which can kill a chick very rapidly.

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